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Who does the Working Families Party work for?

Andrew CuomoThe Working Families Party, which began in New York and has attempted to spread to other states, stirred up considerable controversy in 2014 by supporting Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign for New York Governor. Cuomo has done much to anger New York progressives, including breaking a promise to support independent redistricting and vowing to fight labor unions in his second term.

The Working Families Party’s decision to endorse Cuomo a second time has raised questions about their strategy of urging progressives to vote for right-wing Democrats like Cuomo, as well as possible links between this strategy and the WFP’s sources of funding.

From In These Times, “Andrew Cuomo and the Sad State of the Working Families Party”:

To demonstrate the party’s weakness, one need only look at how far out of its way the WFP went to win voters by not mentioning the candidate at the top of the ticket. Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum on his Facebook simply said that he was voting for “Governor of New York” on the party line—no mention of who that governor was. Party mailers featured not an image of the governor but of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose plan for progressive taxation to fund universal pre-kindergarten was thwarted by the fiscally conservative Cuomo.

And there are many reasons why the party couldn’t talk about him. Cuomo failed to make good on a central promise he made in exchange for the WFP endorsement: to push for Democrats to regain control in New York’s State Senate.

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Tuesday: Green Shadow Cabinet and allies take the People’s Budget to Washington

green shadow cabinetFrom the Green Shadow Cabinet:

This week social and economic justice, peace, environmental and community groups are heading to Washington DC to tell Congress: We the People demand a budget that meets our critical needs – by cutting out-of-control, dangerous military spending.

Over one hundred organizations have signed onto a letter outlining a plan to meet dire human and environmental needs by cutting the dangerous, runaway military budget by 25-50%.

Thousands of individuals have signed on to a petition calling for the same thing.

On December 10 we’re delivering it to Congress! Join us and tell Congress this is the only way to end the ongoing financial and humanitarian crisis caused by this reckless and obsolete wartime budget. Continue Reading

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Green Shadow Cabinet Independence Day Resolution: Revolt against the TPP and global corporate rule

green shadow cabinetFrom the Green Shadow Cabinet:

On this 4th of July, are you resolved to live in a free and democratic society, independent of global corporate rule? Will you act to shut down the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other efforts by the owners and managers of global corporations to replace We the People with We the Corporations?

If you want to know why the members of the Green Shadow Cabinet are united in our opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, all you need to do is read the thirteen statements our officers have issued over the past month, listed below, detailing the impact of the TPP on small and community businesses, on your daily life, on human rights, on trade policy, on the poorest among us, on war and peace, on workers rights, on food and agriculture, on the power of corporations, on the rule of law, on public health and safety, on access to housing, on access to health care, and you can read our statement on the need for resistance to the TPP.

Read these statements. Understand that the TPP is a global corporate coup. And resolve to join us in taking action to stop the TPP.

The Green Shadow Cabinet is a supporter of Flush the TPP, a campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This new campaign is based on past successful efforts to stop so-called “free trade” agreements that put corporate power ahead of people and the planet. This summer, this campaign is planning “TPP Tuesdays” – weekly actions on Tuesdays that will educate people about this secretly negotiated agreement. These actions will build into major protests beginning in September. You can sign up and get involved here.  We urge you to do so. Continue Reading

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Green Party calls for deep cuts to bloated US military budget

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party today said the solution to the current impasse over sequestration and federal budget cuts is deep cuts in the military budget.

Green Party leaders said that cutting at least $300 billion per year from military spending would resolve the budget stalemate and would free up funds to reinvest in providing jobs and rebuilding the U.S. economy, including a rapid transition to carbon-free energy. Greens blame the current deficit on reckless imperial ventures around the world, costly and unnecessary defense contracts, and tax cuts for the rich.

“Since 2001, Presidents Bush and Obama have launched wars and military attacks that have drained the U.S. budget,” said T.E. Smith, Vietnam War veteran and a member of the DC Statehood Green Party. “These actions and various ‘homeland security’ boondoggles have made the defense budget a feeding trough for contractors — while Congress and the White House continued to pump more money into the military budget. It’s time to scale military operations and spending back to what’s needed strictly for defense of our borders.” Continue Reading

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Green Party calls for liveable wages, not just a new minimum wage

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders today called for a liveable wage for working Americans, in contrast to President Obama’s proposal in his 2013 State of the Union address for a $9 minimum wage to be enacted by 2015.

“Instead of a minimum wage, working people need a wage they can live on. Anyone who works 40 hours a week should be able to afford a home, provide for others, and save money for the future. People who work hard deserve to enjoy economic security and prosperity,” said Mark Dunlea, a member of the Green Party of New York Executive Committee and long-time director of a statewide anti-hunger organization in New York.

“The $9 minimum wage is an inadequate improvement, not enough to lift many people who work hard at full-time and multiple jobs out of poverty and debt. Two generations ago, wage-earners could provide for a family of four on the minimum wage. Today, it’s difficult to provide for one person on the minimum wage, even on President Obama’s $9 minimum, which falls far short of the 1968 federal minimum of $10.50, adjusted for inflation. While worker productivity has increased, wages keep sinking,” said Mr. Dunlea. Continue Reading

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Green Party urges national protest against the proposed Keystone XL and Trailbreaker pipelines

The Green Party of the United States is urging party members and all Americans to organize and join various protests against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in the coming weeks, including a major demonstration in Washington, DC, on February 17.

President Obama rejected the initial application for the pipeline in January 2012 but is expected to approve the renewed application. The multi-billion-dollar Keystone XL would connect the tar-sands oil fields in Alberta, Canada (the world’s second biggest pool of extractable carbon) to refineries and seaports in the Gulf Coast. Continue Reading

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Medicare for All advocates urge support for Jill Stein matching funds drive

From Jill Stein for President:

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As the Stein campaign closes in on federal matching funds, five leading advocates for Medicare for All have released a letter advocating support for Dr. Jill Stein. The letter was released as news came that two new states – Michigan and Oregon – have qualified for federal matching funds.

Please copy, paste, and forward the following letter to every health care advocate you know. You can see our latest matching funds numbers by clicking here. Thank you.


Medicare for All

URGENT!  PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!

Dear friends working for health care as a human right,

In all the sound and fury over the Supreme Court’s health care ruling,  the simple truth is being lost:  We know how to provide affordable health care for every American.  There is a proven solution — improved “Medicare for All” (or single-payer health insurance). It’s working in nation after nation around the world.  It is the only fiscally responsible way out of the health care mess.  And it’s not unconstitutional.

When President Obama slammed the door in the face of single-payer health care advocates, and abandoned the “public option”, it seemed that we were doomed to debating slight variations on the failing status quo.  But in the wake of the Obamacare/Romneycare crackup, we have an incredible opportunity to reframe the health care debate by injecting a long-time advocate for Medicare-for-All (single-payer) into the presidential dialogue. Continue Reading

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Videos: Green Party activists at Occupy Wall Street

As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to gain momentum, Green Party activists and candidates are in the thick of the action. In these videos, Cheri Honkala, candidate for Philadelphia Sheriff, Reverend Billy Talen, former candidate for NYC Mayor, and NY Green Party organizers Mark Dunlea and Michael O’Neil report from the belly of the beast:

Cheri Honkala visits Occupy Wall Street from Jason Bosch on Vimeo.

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Green Party, responding to President Obama’s Sept. 8 address, calls ‘Green New Deal’ the key to job creation

Greens urge public works programs to provide millions of jobs and help convert America to a secure green economy

WASHINGTON, DC — Responding to President Obama’s speech Thursday night, the Green Party today called for a ‘Green New Deal’ to put Americans back to work while helping the US transition to a carbon-free green economy.

“We need a Green New Deal that will put all of the unemployed to work rebuilding America on the basis of an economically and ecologically sustainable prosperity. The green in the Green New Deal means we must go beyond the old New Deal and bring an environmental focus to our public investments, including clean manufacturing processes, to not only address the crisis of climate change but to build the foundation of a sustainable green economy,” said Jill Stein, co-chair of the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts (http://www.massgreens.org) and author of “Jobs for All with a Green New Deal” (Green Papers, September 5, 2011, http://www.greenpapers.net/?p=164). Continue Reading

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NY Green Party seeks volunteers for issue work

From the New York Green Party:

Dear Howie Hawkins and Green Party supporters,

The Green Party State committee has established an issues committee to help coordinate state level work around issues critical to the green agenda in NY. We are looking for volunteers.

Please contact Mark Dunlea (dunleamark [at] aol [dot] com) or Gloria Mattera (gmattera [at] gmail [dot] com) if you would like to be on the issues committee. Please let us know what role you would like to play (e.g., work on a particular issue, receive action alerts).

Most green work on issues takes place on the local level, so we can put you in contact as well with local Green Party groups across the state.

Our success in getting back our ballot line means we will get a little more attention from the mainstream media than before. There is a critical need for a strong progressive voice at the state level, especially with Governor elect Cuomo joining in the bi-partisan effort to respond to the Great Recession with an austerity program of protecting tax cuts for the wealthy, attacking benefits for public employee unions, and slashing funding for essential public services.

Some of the key Green issues being looked at for 2011 include: a ban on hydrofracking for natural gas; education; state budget / progressive revenue options; single payer health care; climate change; and peace/ cut the military budget. Continue Reading